By editor
April 4, 2009

You devote so much of yourself and your resources to your children, from time and energy to money and miles on the car. You feel good about it, knowing that every sacrifice is more than worthwhile to keep your family healthy and happy. But sometimes, in all that you do, your own well-being gets a little lost. What if you could take great care of yourself and raise your children too? That's exactly the philosophy behind the Mommy Makeover. More than ever, you have exciting surgical options to reverse the unwanted effects of childbearing and age.

Some women are worried about focusing on themselves, rather than their families. Many of our patients find that it's essential to do both: recognize that how you feel as a mom is integral to the strength of your family. It is simply not self-centered or vain to take care of yourself or to want to feel youthful, sexy and self-confident. Having a positive self image certainly benefits you, but it also can improve your interactions with loved ones. You may be a mommy, but never forget that you are still your own person.

The two most common body regions that these patients want an opinion about are the breasts and the tummy.

A combination of the normal aging process combined with childbearing (and often breast feeding), the breasts often become ptotic (or droopy) and/or become more deflated than they once were. To help correct these changes, we often perform a breast augmentation with or without a breast lift to help 'set back the clock' and regain ones prior breast shape and size.

Similarly, in the tummy region, a lot of women after childbearing have a combination of excess skin, stretch marks and sometimes a separation of the rectus muscles (i.e., the 'sit up' muscles). These concerns are nicely addressed by a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty), which removes the excess skin and often a majority of the stretch marks while tightening the abdominal muscles as well.

Occasionally, we also do so some Botox to help smooth out any wrinkles and augment the overall result of the 'mommy makeover'.

These procedures, which can dramatically improve how you look and feel, are easier to fit into your schedule and your budget than you may think. I pride myself in personalizing your plastic surgery options after pregnancy using modern techniques to minimize pain and recovery time so that you get great results and can quickly return to your family and your life. Take the next step and request a personal consultation and we would be happy to go through these options as well as other potential procedures in greater detail for you.

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Body Surgery, Breast Surgery, Mommy Makeover